Noted Earth Scientist Dr. Gautam Sen Named Dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences

Dr. Gautam Sen to Join Lehman College in September 2014 from the American University of Sharjah in the U.A.E.

Dr. Gautam Sen

Lehman College announced that Dr. Gautam Sen has been named Dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences. He will also hold a faculty appointment in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Geospatial Sciences.

Dr. Sen comes to the Bronx after serving as Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies and Professor of Environmental Sciences at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. He also spent more than two decades as Professor of Earth Science at Florida International University, where he was Associate Dean of Research and Chair of the Department of Earth Sciences.

The School of Natural and Social Sciences is Lehman College’s largest school, comprising anthropology; biological sciences; chemistry; economics and business; earth, environmental, and geospatial sciences; mathematics and computer science; physics and astronomy; political science; psychology; and sociology. The School is the primary tenant of Lehman College’s new Science Hall, a state-of-the-art, environmentally “green” research facility. The School is also home to the City University of New York’s doctoral program in Plant Sciences, which works in partnership with the New York Botanical Garden.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the faculty and staff of the School of Natural and Social Sciences as its Dean,” said Dr. Sen. “I am a firm believer in teamwork, and hope that under my leadership, the School will work as a team and develop synergies with other Schools within Lehman College and with other institutions across New York City and the region. I’m looking forward to contributing significantly to the growing reputation of this important New York institution, which has already gained the attention of the White House.”

Dr. Sen will begin in his new post on September 2, 2014.

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At the American University of Sharjah (AUS), Dr. Sen founded the Office of Research and Graduate Studies and established the entire grant administration and management system, codes for ethical conduct of research, and collaborative partnerships with New York University, Columbia University, the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Joint Program, and other institutions. At Florida International University, Dr. Sen founded the Florida Center for Analytical Electron Microscopy, which serves the entire United States via remote operation of its instruments.

“We have long recognized the critical need to guide and cultivate new talent in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and math,” said President Ricardo R. Fernández. “We welcome Dr. Sen’s academic and administrative leadership. His many years of experience and practice around the globe will benefit Lehman College students, and New York K – 12 students as we work to expand scientific literacy and understanding across the city.”

The School of Natural and Social Sciences is dedicated to fostering a stimulating academic environment in which Lehman College’s diverse student body can discover, model, and interpret natural and social reality. Its work is enhanced by the new Science Hall, as well as through collaborations with the New York Botanical Garden, the American Museum of Natural History, health and human service institutions in the surrounding area, and with partners in the private and corporate sectors. The faculty seeks to prepare students for advanced study and careers through research, faculty mentoring, internships, and other enrichment activities involving local and professional communities.

“Dr. Sen will advance the School’s already strong tradition of engaging in cutting-edge research as we prepare students for work on some of the key scientific, environmental  and sociological challenges of our time,” said Dr. Anny Morrobel-Sosa, Provost of Lehman College. “He leads a faculty that is dedicated to contributing to the understanding and knowledge of the world around us.”

Dr. Sen has an extensive record of publications, including papers in highly ranked journals such as Science and Nature. Dr. Sen has served on many national and international committees including research and instrumentation panels at the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and is the recipient of many honors and awards.

Professor Sen received his Ph.D. in Geosciences from the University of Texas at Dallas, and served as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California at Los Angeles. He earned his M.Sc. (First Class) and B.Sc. (Hons.) from Calcutta University in India.